There is no doubt that Nigeria is in a dismal and peculiar mess and we need both proactive and reactive measures to address the situation.
This delicate and intricate situation at hand is like a two-sided jagged sword that if not properly handled, we will all keep on outsourcing the blame that belongs to our own backyard.
We should all be very careful come 2019 and should all learn from antecedents. I recall vividly the negative portrayal by leading opposition party of the then ruling party in the run up to the 2015 elections. We should not fall into the same pit of hell all in the name of changing the ruling party.
We all have the right to choose our next leaders but we must choose the leader who embodies the best this nation has to offer, our choice must be devoid of ethnocentrism, nepotism and favouritism.
To those well-meaning Nigerians who are politically apathetic, they must remember that, “evil can only triumph over evil if good people stand by and watch.”
We all need to participate positively and actively for the betterment and common good of this country. To those youths who are or are going to be motivated by the greed for money come 2019, remember the pain and suffering you will have us endure again.
Remember, if those people have our interest in mind, they won’t offer you money. To those political gladiators, who are ready to bamboozle and brainwash the general public, especially the young blood with their sugar-coated propagandistic write-ups and information and paint themselves as messiahs and saints we are waiting for, we will not fall for your pettiness.
Finally, to our religious leaders, let us help this nation to go back to her glory days and soar to her greatness; don’t stoop so low to the political players nor use faith as a wedge to divide us.
Every decision we make in 2019 will be felt by everyone and the posterity. I hope most of us will choose right because right decision in any part is right decision everywhere.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.